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Well worth a cold car journey!

Well worth a cold car journey!


Postby jenniferc6 » Sun Feb 03, 2013 12:53 pm

Corbetts included on this walk: Creag nan Gabhar

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Craigendarroch

Date walked: 02/02/2013

Time taken: 4.5 hours

Distance: 16 km

Ascent: 885m

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Creag nan Gabhar - 3.5 hours
Craigendarroch - 1 hour

Unfortunately my old car’s gasket isn’t working so I had a cold car journey over to Braemar since the heater doesn’t work. After changing out of some of my layers, I was ready to start walking and gradually started to feel my fingers and toes again!
There were a few icy patches in the river and on the way up I saw a large group of red deer.
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Icy river

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Red deer

The views were fantastic and I could see down into a frozen Loch Callater.
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Loch Callater

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I decided to retrace my steps on the way back down so that I could enjoy the views over to the Cairngorms but definitely want to come back to visit the loch.
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Cairngorms

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There were a couple of knee deep snow drifts which had been sculpted by the wind.
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Snow drifts

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I had my lunch back at the car which was now a lot warmer since the sun had been shining into the car park.
I stopped at Ballater on the way home since it was still early and went for a walk up Craigendarroch on the circular trail. There were some good views over to Lochnagar and it was nice walking through the snowy trees.
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Craigendarroch

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Re: Well worth a cold car journey!

Postby Johnny Corbett » Sun Feb 03, 2013 6:26 pm

Craigendarroch looks nice and i've still got it to walk along a with a few more Subs around here. Hopefully do a few of them in the one day :D
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Re: Well worth a cold car journey!

Postby jenniferc6 » Mon Feb 04, 2013 2:11 pm

Johnny Corbett wrote:Craigendarroch looks nice and i've still got it to walk along a with a few more Subs around here. Hopefully do a few of them in the one day :D

That's the good thing about doing smaller hills, especially in winter - you can fit a few into one day and the tops are usually clear :)
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Re: Well worth a cold car journey!

Postby The Rodmiester » Mon Feb 04, 2013 2:25 pm

That looks like a cracker of a day for the two hills. I remember when I did the Corbett there was ice on the river that day as well, but we did not have such clear skies as you. A few more days like that would not go amiss :D
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Re: Well worth a cold car journey!

Postby GariochTom » Wed Feb 06, 2013 12:56 pm

Nice pictures. If you go back to revisit Loch Callater it's worth continuing for a few kilometres to look down on Loch Kander from the edge of its very impressive corrie. I imagine there might be snow cornices around there at the moment though, so might be best to wait until the snow has gone! :)
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Re: Well worth a cold car journey!

Postby Graeme D » Wed Feb 06, 2013 2:46 pm

A very nice "two for the price of one" winter outing! I once camped at the top of Creag nan Gabhar in May and it was bloody freezing. Wouldn't have fancied it in those conditions either! :lol:
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Re: Well worth a cold car journey!

Postby jenniferc6 » Thu Feb 07, 2013 2:21 pm

GariochTom wrote:Nice pictures. If you go back to revisit Loch Callater it's worth continuing for a few kilometres to look down on Loch Kander from the edge of its very impressive corrie. I imagine there might be snow cornices around there at the moment though, so might be best to wait until the snow has gone! :)
Thanks for the tip, I was thinking about doing Carn an t-Sagairt Mor from this side in the summer so could head over to Loch Kander
Graeme D wrote:A very nice "two for the price of one" winter outing! I once camped at the top of Creag nan Gabhar in May and it was bloody freezing. Wouldn't have fancied it in those conditions either! :lol:
Have to make the most of it with the price of fuel these days, especially since I'm so far away from the hills. I didn't hang about for long at the top - definitely wouldn't have considered camping! :)
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